After Mrs. Drover leaves the house, a lone taxi pulls up to pick her up.
The text tells us that Mrs. Drover walks to the main road after she leaves the house. At the busy thoroughfare, a taxi pulls up. It is as if the driver instinctively knows that Mrs. Drover needs a ride.
Unfortunately for Mrs. Drover, the taxi driver begins to drive back to her house. She begins to panic when she realizes what is happening. As she had not given any previous instructions to the driver, she is horrified at this unforeseen development. Frantically, she scratches on the glass panel to get the driver's attention.
Almost immediately, the driver brakes, causing the car to come close to stopping. The sudden action plunges Mrs. Drover forward, so that her eyes meet the driver's. It takes only a moment before a horrible realization dawns on Mrs. Drover. At this point, the author does not confirm who Mrs. Drover has seen.
However, we suspect that she has just seen her lover from the past, and this is what shocks her. Of course, the touch of magical realism here makes the ending even more startling. The question begs to be asked: did Mrs. Drover recognize the "spectral glitters" in her former lover's eyes? The word "spectral" refers to an otherworldly presence. So, has the lover returned in spirit form to take Mrs. Drover back to himself?
The author suggests that this is exactly what happens in the last line of the story. The word "hinterland" evokes images of otherworldly regions, beyond the comprehension of our human consciousness.
After that she continued to scream freely and to beat with her gloved hands on the glass all round as the taxi, accelerating without mercy, made off with her into the hinterland of deserted streets.